The Hope Chest

Martha side-steps her way past the busy work tables toward the back of the wood-shop. “Tom, where are you? Tom!”    “Mom, you’re early.”   “I know, but we gotta go. Pew, it smells in here,” says Martha brushing sawdust from her sleeves. “That’s the tung oil wood finish reacting with maple. It’ll dissipate. Wanna see... Continue Reading →

Snow Day

We had a snow day yesterday. The schools were closed and as predicted, the roads were a proverbial mess. Those who could, stayed at home, and watched the champagne powder continue to fall all day long. There’s a path near our house that is used as a walkway to get from one street to the... Continue Reading →

Cozy Heart

The theme for Charli Mills’ December 29th Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge, was to write a cozy story in 99 words (no more, no less).  I love that word – cozy.  It’s warmth, comfy, cuddly, safe, peace and joy all wrapped into one.  I could snuggle up with it and what do I get?  A cozy... Continue Reading →

Mountain Grooming

The pictured scenic ‘Sea-to-Sky’ Highway with ocean vistas, soaring mountains and dramatic waterfalls is the main transportation link between the city of Vancouver Canada and the popular ski resort town of Whistler. Locally it was known as the ‘killer highway’ due to its history of accidents caused by driver negligence, landslides and rockslides. It became... Continue Reading →

Dearest Sister,

This week’s (April 13 2016) Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction challenge is hosted by fellow Rough Writer Lisa Reiter at Sharing the Story.   Lisa’s prompt, in 99 words (no more, no less) was to write about offering to help someone.  I find that for the most part, kindness begets gratitude, a letter tells a story, and... Continue Reading →

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